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November Paper Pumpkin – Tags into cards


November 2014’s Paper Pumpkin kit has materials to make 8 wonderful and unique snowflake cards (see it here), but it also comes with 12 two-part gift tags.  Tags are all the rage, but I just don’t use them, except as an embellishment on cards, so that’s what I did.

I used Dimensionals to give depth between the top and bottom tag, and then added in Rhinestones into the letters. I got the idea for the Rhinestones in the open letter cut outs from Lynn Kolcun’s blog post on Wednesday (see it here).  I used Soft Sky cardstock with the Northern Flurry embossing folder, and then just added the tag on top.  Everything else is in the kit, including the Lost Lagoon ink, but you will need some extra Rhinestones, if you use as many as I do.


Here’s an option, using Whisper White cardstock with the enclosed stamp and ink.


And here’s a version using the same Northern Flurry framelit, on Whisper White, adding Rhinestones.

It is nice to dress up the envelope and inside of the card too, so below are easy samples to follow.



This is the front of the envelope.


And here is the back.

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Happy Halloween from Paper Pumpkin


Here is my second variation of a Halloween card made with “leftovers” from this month’s Paper Pumpkin kit.  I made six goodie bags, and then used the remaining tags to make six cards (three like above, and three like the previous design).  If you missed the first card, view it here.  The tag pieces gave me an easy focal piece to build around.


I made my own “Designer Series Paper” by stamping the raven image from the included stamps onto Tangelo Twist cardstock.  The tree sticker and twine were included in the kit.


This is just another version of the same card, using the included skull stamp.  I did try tiny Rhinestone Basic Jewels in the eyes of a skull, but it made it look happy, so I pulled them off.  I was definitely going for creepy, rather than cute, with this particular card.

Things to know

Substitutions – If you don’t have Memento ink, there are a ton of stickers included in the kit with the raven, skull, bat and tree.  I just like stamping, so that was my preference.

You say Tomato…  – Tangelo Twist ink is included in the kit, and matches the “orange” in the provided pieces.  I just chose to stamp the sentiment in Tangerine Tango, because I wanted a brighter color.  The previous card was stamped in Tangelo Twist, so you can see the difference.

It’s not what you think – The photo looks like the card frame (On Film framelits) and sentiment piece are white, but they are actually Very Vanilla.  I used Basic Black cardstock to back the frame, and to get a grungier look, I sponged Tuxedo Black Memento ink onto the Very Vanilla pieces.

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Halloween card with Paper Pumpkin


Here’s a fun card I made using a leftover piece from this month’s Paper Pumpkin kit, and the included stamps.  Besides the complete materials for the projects in the kit, Stampin’ Up! always provides extra pieces to do your own thing.


Here is a quick view of this month’s kit.


Here is a close up of the goodie bags.


I used a leftover oval tag and stamped it with Tangelo Twist (included in the kit) and Tuxedo Black Memento Ink with the included stamps.  I popped it on top of my card with Dimensionals.

P1020092Inside, I just added a small piece of Very Vanilla for signing, and stamped it in Tangelo Twist with the included stamp.

Dimensional Support – Designer Series Paper is thinner than cardstock, so besides using Dimensionals in the corners, I also placed one in the center and one along the middle of each side.

Go easy on yourself – I adhered a transfer adhesive sheet to Basic Black cardstock before die cutting the Stripe Scallop piece.  That way, I wouldn’t have to apply adhesive to the thin scallps by hand.   If you don’t have the sheets, then use Tombow liquid and just dab in various spots around the edges of the die cut.  It doesn’t have to go everywhere.  Save the punch out pieces of the die for a reverse effect or use for a roof design.

Memento Vs StazOn – When stamping black images, I prefer to use Memento for a nice solid image, especially on the new Photopolymer stamps.  StazOn tends to stick to the polymer stamps, but if you do any water coloring, you must use StazOn.  For anything else, you can use Memento.

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Paper Pumpkin – A fresh start!

Hi folks,

This didn’t post automatically, so I’m sorry it is late.  I just checked it now.

Today’s post is about a cute and simple card made using this month’s Paper Pumpkin subscription kit from Stampin’ Up!  If you previously subscribed, or haven’t tried it yet, it’s time, because Stampin’ Up has made a fresh start.  Stampin’ Up! has improved the value of the kits substantially, and took note of customer requests for ink and project variety.  If you have questions, contact me, and I can go into detail about the kits.  New subscribers (based on email address) can get the first two kits for $10 each (see bottom of post).

Like most demonstrators, I get the kit and then figure out other things I can do with it, besides the neat projects that are included.  Believe me, if you go on Pinterest, you will see a ton of samples of how we like to change things up.  I’m just going to show you one example of changing up the mini card in the kit two ways.  You can find many postings of the large cards included in the kit already, and they are really cool.  Here is my first sample of taking one of the four small cards (left card on picture below), and changing it up to become an A2 card (5.5” X 4.25”).  A2 is the size many crafters choose, and you can make two A2 bases out of a standard 8.5” X 11” piece of cardstock.


I made the small card exactly as instructed in the kit, just to show the kit design. For the large card, I cut one of the mini cards in half (I can use both parts to replicate this card), cut a piece of Strawberry Slush paper with the Oval Accent die, and cut two pieces of Hello Honey cardstock with the flag shape from the Hearts a Flutter Framelits.  I embossed the flag shapes with the Decorative Dots embossing folder to emulate the dots that are stamped. It doesn’t matter that the flags are two pieces instead of a long piece because they middle is hidden behind the heart mat.  For fun, I stamped the back of a Whisper White envelope with dots, to match the card.


Instead of stamping dots on the small card piece for the larger card, I stamped them on the larger white base, and just used 4 sequins (included in the kit and meant for the large cards I’m showing tomorrow) to accent the small white heart mat. I made this card for a girlfriend, so, I changed the ink from Hello Honey (included in the kit) to Daffodil Delight, because it is brighter, and seems more like her.

For the gender neutral or masculine version, I used Mellow Moss ink, and flipped the precut sentiment banner over, so it would be plain Whisper White.  I must admit, everything I tried with the star for this one seemed like a great card for a service man or woman, rather than just a good all around neutral or masculine card, but I’m posting a picture anyway, just to give you some inspiration.



The polaroid frame and arrow are from the On Film Framelits set.  I free-hand cut an arrow shape out of Mossy Meadow to back the stamped arrow,  Both sentiment pieces are sponged with Mossy Meadow,

Value – In this month’s set alone, I could have just made four large cards and four small cards, and had leftover pieces to do more later, but like most of us, I like to get as much bang for my buck as possible.  By cutting the card bases in half, I can get 8 of each card made, as long as I use another base (Whisper White or other coordinating color) for any of the cards, and mat the colorful cardstock on top.  I have a set of useful stamps and ink spot left over to continue my creativity whenever I want.

No Pressure – The kits come with instructions, they are easy to put together, and there is a ton of inspiration/Pinspiration on the internet, to give you more ideas, if you want to mix things up.  You can sign up monthly and suspend or cancel any time.

Variety – The kits are always different, and some are intended to make gifts, some home-decor, some gift packaging, and many make my favorite, cards.  Everything you need, except scissors and adhesive, are included, including cool and unique embellishments you can’t even purchase through Stampin’ Up!  Paper Pumpkin does include specialty adhesives, like glue dots and Dimensionals, when those are needed.




Thanks for stopping by, and come back tomorrow to see how you can make a nice card even when you don’t have everything you need with you.  The key is, Improvise!

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